Working for an NGO is a dream for many, but very often the first step towards it is doing an internship. Depending on the non-profit organization, internship programs can be very competitive. Here is the list of the 10 NGO internships in Kenya.
RefuSHE is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya which works with refugee communities in East Africa. RefuSHE is dedicated to identify, protect and empower unaccompanied refugee children and youth. According to its co-founders, most vulnerable refugees are separated or orphaned girls and young women who need specialized shelter and education. This NGO provides the full spectrum of care and protection for young women and children in Nairobi and offers paid internships in various positions. The amount of monthly stipend varies. Interested candidates wishing to join RefuSHE team should carefully follow the official website. Preferred candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, Counseling Psychology or related field, but not mandatory. Application requires a cover letter, detailed CV and contact of a referee.
One Acre Fund is a non-profit social enterprise and Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers. It aims at financing and training of smallholders to help them grow their way out of hunger and build permanent prosperity. One Acre Fund started its Young Professionals Program, a paid internship program that offers recent African graduates to upgrade their skills and gain experience at the high-performing organization. Applicants should primarily be university graduates, fluent in English and the country’s local language. The internship application process is opened twice a year, while interested candidates should check out the article “4 tips for a successful Once Acre Find internship application”, published on the organization’s website. This is a paid internship with a stipend that covers living/housing, transportations, and communications costs.
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) is an independent National Human Rights Institution with a purpose to promote human rights, democratic values, human dignity, and social justice. Since 2003 the KNCHR is implementing an internship programme, seeking to enable new and youthful talent students for the job market in human rights and assist them in the career learning process. Internship vacancies are opened and announced on a need-be basis through the official website, partner organizations and daily newspapers. Interested applicants can write to firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address for eventual enquires.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading international conservation organization that works exclusively in the field of Africa’s wildlife and wild lands. Therefore, AWF protects Africa’s wildlife and its natural resources by influencing natural resources management policies and promoting best conservation practices in the region. While the Foundation doesn’t have a specific Internship program, there are various opportunities published on the website. Stipend depends on the position and interested candidates are advised to catch up with the vacancy page and apply with CV and cover letter as one file to the HR & Administration Manager.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization devoted to working with children, families, and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. The World Vision offers Graduate internship program (GRIP) to highly motivated young people interested in the work of the organization. The internship is focused on innovative ideas and perspectives, the latest research experience and improving skills of the applicants. For more information on the application process, interested graduates should check out the website and contact the World Vision recruitment person.
World Wide Fund for Nature Kenya (WWF-Kenya) is a locally registered non-governmental conservation organization and a part of the World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF). WWF is working in Kenya for the past 55 years, focusing on integrated freshwater resource management, management of marine resources, conservation and restoration of disappearing forests and many other areas. With a mission to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, WWF offers numerous internship opportunities to young people. The most known is the Youth Volunteer Internship Programme, who seeks candidates from 19-27 years, fluent in English and with a good level of French. This is a 12-month paid assignment.
SOS Children’s Villages Kenya (SOS CV KE) is an affiliate of SOS CV- International, which comprises of 118 national SOS Children’s Villages associations whose mission is to build families for children in need, help them shape their futures and share in the development of their communities. In Kenya, SOS Children operates in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Meru, and Kisumu with a mission to strengthen families and understanding of how to care for children who are in parental need. Following Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the organization works in areas of poverty, inequality, education, health, social and child protection, and decent work. Depending on the needs, different internship vacancies are opened on the official website. Interested applicants should have excellent knowledge of the English language, demonstrated communication skills and other competencies which depend on the role specifications. The full application requires CV up to date and cover letter.
Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) or commonly referred as to “Haki House” (Right house) by refugees is Kenyan national non-governmental organization that promotes and protects the rights and dignity of refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants in the country and the wider East African region. RCK offers internships and volunteer opportunities who hold an academic background in Law, Psychology and Social Work and can demonstrate strong analytical and report writing skills. Proficiency in English is obligatory, while knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable. Many positions could be found depending on the needs of the organization, while interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to email@example.com.
International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization that among other countries operates in Kenya. The IRC distributes several difference services, such as emergency response, health care, programs fighting gender-based violence, post-conflict development projects, children and youth protection and education programs, water and sanitation systems, strengthening the capacity of local organizations, and supporting civil society and good-governance initiatives. IRC offers summer internships in different locations and other internship offers. Applicants should be skilled and passionate about the position they are applying for. Ongoing opportunities could be found under the “careers” section of the official website.
Justice Africa is an advocacy organization with a focus on human rights and social justice campaigning. Across Africa, the organization supports civil society through various activities and seeks to give a voice to marginalized groups or individuals affected by conflicts. Their slogan is: “Nothing for me without me”. Justice Africa has internship schemes for young professionals, recent graduates or currently enrolled students from Universities across the world. The internship aims at engaging young policy researches and empowering young activists by building their professional skills. There is no need for any professional experience to join Justice Africa inters team and internship last from three to six months, located in either Nairobi or Juba. The organization doesn’t offer any stipend but states that a number of their former interns have gained opportunities from jobs, universities or competitions to visit or work in Africa.